Are you a dog lover? Then National Dog Rescue Day is for you! This special national day is dedicated to bringing awareness to shelter dogs that need to be adopted.
If you are looking to bring a dog into your family, adopting from a shelter is the way to go. There are so many wonderful dogs looking for homes, and a family to love them.
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What is National Rescue Dog Day?
National Rescue Dog Day is a day that falls annually on May 20th. Lisa Wiehebrink of Tails That Teach founded this day to bring awareness to shelter dogs that need to be adopted.
Tails That Teach is a children’s book series based off of a dog named Cooper that was rescued in 2009. He is the main character in the books.
The books aim to teach children how special pets are, and how to be kind, compassionate and gentle with them.
Shelter dog facts
Brush up on your knowledge of rescue dogs with these shelter dog facts. Some may surprise you!
- There are approximately 3.3 dogs that enter animal shelters in the US every year.
- Approximately 1.6 millions dogs are adopted from animal shelters in the US every year.
- Sadly, 670,000 dogs in US shelters are euthanized every year.
- It is a common misconception that shelter dogs are all old. You can find dogs of all ages in shelters.
- Adopting a shelter dog is less expensive than getting a dog from a breeder.
- Not all shelter dogs are “mutts”, 25% of shelter dogs are purebred.
How to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day
Would you like to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.
- If you are able to take on the responsibility of adopting and caring for a pet, use today to adopt a shelter dog!
- Go to your local animal shelter and see if they are in need of volunteers.
- Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered to help reduce the number of pets surrendered to shelters.
- Research and donate to charities that provide care to rescue pets.
- If you are in a position to do so, consider fostering dogs.
- If you know anyone considering getting a dog, talk to them about the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter!
- If you have children, read them one of the Tails That Teach children’s books! They are an integral part of the founding of this national day.
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #NationalRescueDogDay. Here is a tweet to get you started:
More May 20 national days
Did you enjoy learning about National Rescue Dog Day? Well you’re in luck, May 20 is host to more than just one national day!
Here is a complete list of all the May 20 national days:
- National Rescue Dog Day
- National Be a Millionaire Day
- National Pick Strawberries Day
- National Quiche Lorraine Day
- Flower Day
- Eliza Doolittle Day
- Weights and Measures Day
- World Bee Day
More national days in May
There are nearly 2000 national days in the year and more than 150 of them are celebrated in May.
Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the May food holidays here.
If you liked this post and want more pet-themed posts, be sure to also check out these national days:
- National Black Cat Day – Check out this day dedicated to black cats!
- National Ferret Day – Do you have a ferret as a pet? Learn more their national day.
- National Garfield The Cat Day – Check out the national day dedicated to everyone’s favorite fictional cat, Garfield.
- Cuddly Kitten Day – Do you love little kittens? Then this national day is for you.
- Black Cat Appreciation Day – Show the black cats in your life some love on Black Cat Appreciation Day.
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About the author
Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess Speake has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here.